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The June meeting of the Verndale School Board opened with a stormy session Monday night. Tim Fiskum, a 9-12 English instructor at Verndale, was supported by more than 20 people when he challenged superintendent Paul Brownlow's recommendation that Jordan Hinkle replace Greg Johnson as the head boys' basketball coach. Brownlow had three candidates for the head coaching position. "I recommended whom I though was the best candidate of the three," Brownlow said. Fiskum has been on the Verndale teaching staff since 1996. He has applied for the head coaching job twice.
Photo by Brian Hansel Dean Uselman, left, and Jim Merickel plant trees near the Wadena Cemetery Tuesday afternoon along with members of the Lions Club and the United States Department of Agriculture. The group planted 135 assorted shade trees. Merickel Lumber, Gloria Merickel and the Harrison Foundation purchased 100 of the trees. The remainder were donated by the Bailey's Nursery in Newport, Minn. The trees will be watered this summer and can be transplanted around the cemetery by members of any church denomination next spring. Hunke's Transfer also assisted in the planting effort.
District 2155 has hired a Minneapolis law firm to help it navigate the uncharted waters it is approaching. The June 17 tornado that struck Wadena left the Wadena-Deer Creek High School in ruins. In the aftermath, Riverport Insurance Services is preparing a report for WDC superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom and the school board which will determine the fate of the present building. Dahlstrom has been promised that report by July 7. Rebuilding WDC, either from scratch or from the structure that remains, will mean a swing of many millions of dollars.
So here we are in the major league club's historic 50th season playing before sellout and near-sellout crowds at fantastic Target Field. Joe Mauer has signed a long-term contract and the Twins have the biggest payroll in the history of the franchise. Detroit and Chicago are both legitimate threats and Minnesota's division lead has evaporated with half the season ahead. The 2010 season sure has a lot of potential for another nail-biting pennant race. By the time the sun sets on Independence Day the Minnesota Twins should have played half of their 2010 schedule.
Reed Oistad went 4-for-5, Jake Kiebe went 3-for-4 and Brandon Johnson drove in three runs June 25 as Detroit Lakes downed the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers 7-3 in a battle for first place in the Hi-10 League. Both clubs are 9-4 overall as the final month of regular season play begins. J.J. Truax collected three hits and drove in two runs for the Shockers. Chris Gilson went 7 1/3 innings to gain the mound win. Gilson walked four but struck out nine.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Kevin Tumberg has been named to the 2010 Section 8AA All-Section baseball team. Joining the WDC pitcher and second baseman on the all-section team were Fergus Falls' Boyden Lee and Peter Gaustad, Staples-Motley's Jordan Riewer and Gunner Johnson, Warroad's Brett Hebel, East Grand Forks' Bryce Frydenlund and Darrin Hager, Perham's Taylor Doll, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's Dylan DeJong and Shawn Johnson and Roseau's T.J. Erickson.
A terrific fifth inning kick propelled the Wadena-Deer Creek Legion team to a 10-4 victory over Sebeka Monday night and gave Kyle Dykhoff's club a doubleheader split. Sebeka claimed the opener 6-3 as Paul Funk went the distance on the mound.
A pair of Wadena Minor Little League teams have qualified for the state tournament July 24-25 in Rosemount. The Wadena Blues and the Wadena Golds, which play in the Wadena Summer Recreation Program, took first and second place respectively last weekend at Perham to qualify for the trip. Henry Fitzsimmons and Noah Ross were named to the All-Tournament team from the Gold squad. Jake Dykhoff and Wyatt Hamann were named from the Blue squad.
Baseball (Friday) Detroit Lakes 7, Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers 3 (Saturday) Wadena-Deer Creek Shocker 9, Pelican Rapids 2 Average Joe Triathlon (Wadena Finishers) Chris O'Kane, 7th, 1:08.19 Corey Tabbert, 32nd, 1:16.39 Justin Rogge, 137th, 1:51.28